Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

In addition to your application to the university, a portfolio, audition, or interview demonstrating your artistic talent is required for all applicants to Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Each department and degree program has unique requirements and procedures for their talent assessments. Please click on the appropriate link below to carefully read the requirements which apply to your intended major. 


Students applying to Dance, Music and Theater have the following options available to complete their audition:

LIVE On-Campus Auditions | LIVE Regional Auditions | Recorded Auditions 

LIVE On-Campus Auditions

Mason Gross hosts a number of auditions for Dance, Music and Theater applicants on Campus on designated dates.  Please refer to the Audition/Interview Dates link below for more information:

We strongly encourage you to audition in-person at Mason Gross whenever possible. However, we recognize that travel can be costly and also offer regional auditions and recorded auditions for for certain majors.

LIVE Regional Auditions

A selection committee of faculty will be available at a number of audition sites around the country for our Theater applicants. Please review the  Theater Audition Info and Audition/Interview Dates for detailed information on your program.

Recorded Auditions

Whenever possible it is preferred and highly encouraged that all applicants audition for our faculty live on campus during the dates designated for their major and/or instrument. However, we realize that distance and scheduling may prevent some students from attending an on-campus audition.  

It is important that applicants make sure recordings are of the best possible quality in both sound and picture, with appropriate lighting and following any specific requirements set by your major of interest/instrument.  Any recording submitted that is of poor quality may result in an unfavorable review by our faculty. 

Only certain departments will accept recorded auditions, and some require pre-screening recordings in order to be granted live/on-campus auditions. Please refer to the department in which you are applying below to see if they accept recorded auditions:

  • DANCE: Recorded video auditions accepted only if granted special permission by the department. Please visit the Dance Audition Requirements web page for more information.
  • MUSIC: Recorded auditions only accepted for certain instruments. Pre-screening recordings are required for all M.M., D.M.A. and A.D.P.L applicants in voice and solo piano. Recorded auditions are preferred for M.M., D.M.A. and A.D.P.L Collaborative Piano applicants. Music students submitting a recorded audition must still complete an audition questionnaire form (Undergraduate From | Graduate Form) and pay the $75 audition fee online or by check/money order mailed along with the DVD or separately if submitting online via Citizan Groove. Please visit the Music Audition page for more information.
  • THEATER: Recorded auditions are not accepted. All theater applicants must audition/interview LIVE or at a REGIONAL site.


**Our preferred method of receiving recordings is online via Citizen Groove (link for this option will be posted in late August).

Students may also chose to send videos via DVD (preferred for all instruments/majors) or audio only CDs (woodwinds only).

DVD and CD specifications: 

Type-NTSC, Region Code, 1, 0, or ALL.  PAL and SECAM types are not acceptable.Please submit the DVDs in a standard Jewel case clearly labeled (typed) with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • RUID
  • Indicate if you are a dancer or your major instrument
  • Degree program
  • Street address, including city, state, country and zip code
  • Phone number
  • Email address

*All CDs/DVDs/scores submitted become the property of Mason Gross and cannot be returned.

Once completed please mail your recordings to:

Rutgers University
Attn: Anne Marie Francis
Department of Dance
85 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Should also include $25 audition fee

Rutgers University
Recorded  Audition
Department of Music
81 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Must first complete the audition request form.